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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Hancock County'' <br>
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{{Illinois-stub}} &nbsp;''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Hancock County'' <br>
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== County Organization  ==
 
== County Organization  ==
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Hancock County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Hancock County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Hancock County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Hancock County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1844<br>
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1844<br>  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1829<br>
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1829<br>  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1877<br>
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1877<br>  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830<br>
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1830<br>  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1817<br>
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1817<br>  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:John Hancock.JPG|thumb|right|180px]]  
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[[Image:John Hancock.JPG|thumb|right|180px|John Hancock.JPG]]  
  
 
Hancock County is named for John Hancock who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.  
 
Hancock County is named for John Hancock who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.  
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=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1825--'''Hancock County was created 13 January 1825 from [[Pike County, Illinois|Pike]] County and unorganized territory.<br>
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*'''1825--'''Hancock County was created 13 January 1825 from [[Pike County, Illinois|Pike]] County and unorganized territory.<br>  
 
*'''County seat:''' Carthage <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
 
*'''County seat:''' Carthage <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
  
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== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
[[Image:Nauvoo Pioneer Cemetery.JPG|thumb]]
 
  
 
=== Biography  ===
 
=== Biography  ===
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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[[Image:Nauvoo Pioneer Cemetery.JPG|thumb|Nauvoo Pioneer Cemetery.JPG]] Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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<br>'''Published Records'''
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=723 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Hancock County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|487070|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Hancock County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/hancock.htm Hancock Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*'''1831–1874''' Cemetery Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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<br>'''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|487070|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Hancock County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilhancoc/ Hancock County ILGenWeb]. See the [http://hancock.ilgenweb.net/cemeteries-index.html ''Cemeteries''] link for tombstone transcriptions&nbsp;for several Hancock County cemeteries.
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6220&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=79&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Hancock County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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*[http://www.findagrave.com Find A Grave.com] has burial information for [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=723 over 150 Hancock County cemeteries].
  
:*'''1831–1874''' Cemetery Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/ GenealogyTrails.com]. Provides listing of&nbsp;[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/hancock/cemeteries.html Cemeteries of Hancock County, Illinois] by township.
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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]. Find or submit [http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/hancock/ Hancock County] tombstone photos.
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/illinois.html Illinois Tombstone Transcription Project].&nbsp;Get accesss to&nbsp;online cemetery transcriptions&nbsp;for several [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/hancock.htm Hancock County Cemeteries].
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com Linkpendium]. Has links to several [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Hancock/cem/ Hancock County Cemetery] related websites.
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'''Individual Cemeteries'''  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128869 Smith Family Cemetery, Nauvoo] BillionGraves. Six burials, four headstones.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=23203 Pioneer Saints Cemetery, Nauvoo] BillionGraves
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<br>'''Cemetery Gazetters'''
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/ Epodunk] has a list of [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6220&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=79&stateAbbv=&stateName= Hancock County Cemeteries]. The website provides&nbsp;name of&nbsp;cemetery,&nbsp;address and telephone number when available,&nbsp;Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.
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*The [http://www.ilgensoc.org/ Illinois State Genealogical Society's] "Cemetery Location Project" has identified many [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/hancock.html Hancock County Cemeteries].
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census''. Washington, D.C., 1841. {{FHL|973 X2pc 1840}}; {{FHL|2321}}; digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187 Google Books]. [See Illinois, Hancock County on page 187.]
 
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census''. Washington, D.C., 1841. {{FHL|973 X2pc 1840}}; {{FHL|2321}}; digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA187&lpg=PA187 Google Books]. [See Illinois, Hancock County on page 187.]
  
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=== Church Records  ===
 
=== Church Records  ===
  
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Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indicate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article [[Illinois Church Records|Church Records]] for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=hancock+county+Illinois+church+ Many libraries( WorldCat)] and the {{FHL|355583|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} hold abstracts of church records for Hancock County. Learn more about how to search [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]] and the [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|Family History Library Catalog]].
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*Gregg, Thomas.&nbsp; ''History of Hancock County, Illinois. ''C.C. Chapman, Chicago: 1880. Township histories begin on page 510.&nbsp; Local church histories found in the respective townships.&nbsp; Free online digial copy.&nbsp; [http://openlibrary.org/books/OL17871804M/History_of_Hancock_County_Illinois Internet Archive]. {{FHL|186036|item|disp=FHL Film 1618155; Fiche 6046998; Book 977.343 H2g. Separate index.}}
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:*'''1837–1936''' Wittrup, Glenn E. ''A history of Methodism in &amp; near La Harpe, Illinois, ca. 1837-1936.'' {{FHL|519301|item|disp=FHL book 977.343 K2w}}
 
:*'''1845–1846''' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints {{FHL|123210|item|disp=FHL film 1917 Item 7}}  
 
:*'''1845–1846''' Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints {{FHL|123210|item|disp=FHL film 1917 Item 7}}  
:*'''1876–1906''' Methodist Episcopal Church–Lorraine Circuit {{FHL|62686|item|disp=FHL film 960877 Item 9}}  
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:*'''1852–1885''' Pearl Creek Missionary Baptist Church records {{FHL|760007|item|disp=FHL film 955967 Item 7}}  
 
:*'''1854–1898''' Methodist Episcopal Church–La Prarie Circuit {{FHL|63586|item|disp=FHL 965273 Items 2-6}}  
 
:*'''1854–1898''' Methodist Episcopal Church–La Prarie Circuit {{FHL|63586|item|disp=FHL 965273 Items 2-6}}  
:*'''1837–1936''' Wittrup, Glenn E. ''A history of Methodism in &amp; near La Harpe, Illinois, ca. 1837-1936.'' {{FHL|519301|item|disp=FHL book 977.343 K2w}}
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:*'''1876–1906''' Methodist Episcopal Church–Lorraine Circuit {{FHL|62686|item|disp=FHL film 960877 Item 9}}
:*'''1852–1885''' Pearl Creek Missionary Baptist Church records {{FHL|760007|item|disp=FHL film 955967 Item 7}}
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*Crooked Creek  
 
*Crooked Creek  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
'''IRAD'''
 
  
 
:*'''1827–1864''' Circuit Clerk's Miscellaneous Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1827–1864''' Circuit Clerk's Miscellaneous Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1829–1838''' Commissioners record (has some marriage licenses){{FHL|82606|item|disp=FHL film 955146 Item 2}}
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:*'''1829–1897''' Circuit court records {{FHL|82628|item|disp=FHL first film 947495 (first of 9 films)}}
 
:*'''1829–1858''' Circuit Court Case Files[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1829–1858''' Circuit Court Case Files[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1829–1922''' Circuit Court Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1829–1922''' Circuit Court Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1830–1860''' Civil and criminal files {{FHL|320464|item|disp=FHL first film 1517128 Item 2 (first of 113 films)}}
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:*'''1830–1865''' Index to court papers, vol. A {{FHL|82631|item|disp=FHL film 955126 Items 1-2}}
 
:*'''1830–1964''' Circuit Court Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1830–1964''' Circuit Court Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1838–1924''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1831–1840''' Court proceedings {{FHL|95369|item|disp=FHL film 955147 Item 3}}
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:*'''1831–1857''' Court records {{FHL|82631|item|disp=FHL film 955126 Items 1-2}}
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:*'''1833–1972''' Guardianship records index {{FHL|259019|item|disp=FHL film 947482}}
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:*'''1838–1840, 1843–1847''' Court records {{FHL|82610|item|disp=FHL film 955147 Items 1-2}}
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:*'''1838–1924''' Circuit Court Record, Chancery[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|82624|item|disp=FHL first film 955132 (first of 20 films)}}
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:*'''1839–1923''' Probate {{FHL|266528|item|disp=FHL first film 954481 (first of 26 films)}}
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:*'''1841–1956''' Certificates of levy and redemption {{FHL|320428|item|disp=FHL film 1516716 Items 2-5}}
 
:*'''1846–1922''' County Court Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1846–1922''' County Court Case Files [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1849–1855''' County Court Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1849–1855''' County Court Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|82618|item|disp=FHL film 955147 Item 4}}
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:*'''1849–1858''' Court orders {{FHL|82614|item|disp=FHL film 955146 Item 3}}
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:*'''1849–1938''' Guardianship records {{FHL|259019|item|disp=FHL first film 947488 (first of 5 films)}}
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:*'''1849–1964''' Probate index {{FHL|266528|item|disp=FHL first film 954465 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1849–1964''' Plaintiff and defendant index {{FHL|266528|item|disp=FHL film 955129}}
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:*'''1850–1963''' Probate court records {{FHL|465406|item|disp=FHL film 955129 (first of 55 films)}}
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:*'''1853–1924''' Certificates of purchase {{FHL|556232|item|disp=FHL film 1516714 Item 2 (first of 2 films)}}
 
:*'''1854–1858''' Justice of the Peace Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1854–1858''' Justice of the Peace Dockets [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1859–1878''' Circuit Court Default Judgment Record[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1856–1965''' Chancery court records indexes{{FHL|82624|item|disp=FHL first film 955126 Item 3 (first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1857–1963''' Circuit court records indexes {{FHL|82628|item|disp=FHL films 955130–1}}
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:*'''1859–1878''' Circuit Court Default Judgment Record[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|320431|item|disp=FHL film 1516717 Item 1–2}}
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:*'''1859–1925''' Administrators and executors records {{FHL|605846|item|disp=FHL first film 1516978 Items 2-3 (first of 8 films)}}
 
:*'''1861–1881''' Circuit Court Master's Certificate of Purchase[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1861–1881''' Circuit Court Master's Certificate of Purchase[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1862–1923''' Justice's Transcript Record[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1862–1923''' Justice's Transcript Record[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1883–1904''' Adoption Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
 
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'''Family History Library Catalog'''
 
 
:*'''1833–1972''' Guardianship records index {{FHL|259019|item|disp=FHL film 947482}}
 
:*'''1849–1938''' Guardianship records {{FHL|259019|item|disp=FHL first film 947488 (first of 5 films)}}
 
:*'''1849–1964''' Probate index {{FHL|266528|item|disp=FHL first film 954465 (first of 2 films)}}
 
:*'''1839–1923''' Probate {{FHL|266528|item|disp=FHL first film 954481 (first of 26 films)}}
 
:*'''1849–1964''' Plaintiff and defendant index {{FHL|266528|item|disp=FHL film 955129}}
 
 
:*'''1862–1925''' Record of justice transcripts{{FHL|320425|item|disp=FHL first film 1516715 Item 2 (first of 2 films)}}  
 
:*'''1862–1925''' Record of justice transcripts{{FHL|320425|item|disp=FHL first film 1516715 Item 2 (first of 2 films)}}  
:*'''1841–1956''' Certificates of levy and redemption {{FHL|320428|item|disp=FHL film 1516716 Items 2-5}}  
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:*'''1865–1928''' Executor's records {{FHL|320453|item|disp=FHL first film 1517124 Item 3 (first of 4 films)}}  
 
:*'''1879–1925''' Widow's relinquishment and selection {{FHL|320437|item|disp=FHL film 1516727 Items 3-5}}  
 
:*'''1879–1925''' Widow's relinquishment and selection {{FHL|320437|item|disp=FHL film 1516727 Items 3-5}}  
:*'''1911–1922''' Will records {{FHL|320444|item|disp=FHL first film 1516945 Items 3-4 (first of 2 films)}}  
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:*'''1879–1908''' Conservator's record and law {{FHL|320425|item|disp=FHL film 1516726 Item 3 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1883–1904''' Adoption Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|82922|item|disp=FHL film 955144 Item 2}}  
 
:*'''1886–1920''' Letters of administration with will annexed {{FHL|320447|item|disp=FHL film 1517124 Item 2}}  
 
:*'''1886–1920''' Letters of administration with will annexed {{FHL|320447|item|disp=FHL film 1517124 Item 2}}  
:*'''1865–1928''' Executor's records {{FHL|320453|item|disp=FHL first film 1517124 Item 3 (first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1892–1916''' Inventory, appraisament [sic] and sales bills, {{FHL|320456|item|disp=FHL film 1517127 Items 2-3}}  
:*'''1830–1860''' Civil and criminal files {{FHL|320464|item|disp=FHL first film 1517128 Item 2 (first of 113 films)}}
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:*'''1838–1840, 1843–1847''' Court records {{FHL|82610|item|disp=FHL film 955147 Items 1-2}}
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:*'''1849–1858''' Court orders {{FHL|82614|item|disp=FHL film 955146 Item 3}}
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:*'''1849–1855''' Court docket {{FHL|82618|item|disp=FHL film 955147 Item 4}}
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:*'''1838–1924''' Chancery court records {{FHL|82624|item|disp=FHL first film 955132 (first of 20 films)}}
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:*'''1856–1965''' Chancery court records indexes{{FHL|82624|item|disp=FHL first film 955126 Item 3 (first of 4 films)}}
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:*'''1829–1897''' Circuit court records {{FHL|82628|item|disp=FHL first film 947495 (first of 9 films)}}
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:*'''1857–1963''' Circuit court records indexes {{FHL|82628|item|disp=FHL films 955130–1}}
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:*'''1963–1972''' Judgement index {{FHL|95363|item|disp=FHL 955125}}
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:*'''1850–1963''' Probate court records {{FHL|465406|item|disp=FHL film 955129 (first of 55 films)}}
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:*'''1853–1924''' Certificates of purchase {{FHL|556232|item|disp=FHL film 1516714 Item 2 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1879–1908''' Conservator's record and law {{FHL|320425|item|disp=FHL film 1516726 Item 3 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1831–1840''' Court proceedings {{FHL|95369|item|disp=FHL film 955147 Item 3}}
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:*'''1829–1838''' Commissioners record (has some marriage licenses){{FHL|82606|item|disp=FHL film 955146 Item 2}}
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:*'''1830–1865''' Index to court papers, vol. A {{FHL|82631|item|disp=FHL film 955126 Items 1-2}}
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:*'''1831–1857''' Court records {{FHL|82631|item|disp=FHL film 955126 Items 1-2}}  
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:*'''1894–1914''' Circuit court records {{FHL|553996|item|disp=FHL first film 1516713 Item 1 (first of 2 films)}}  
 
:*'''1894–1914''' Circuit court records {{FHL|553996|item|disp=FHL first film 1516713 Item 1 (first of 2 films)}}  
:*'''1859–1925''' Administrators and executors records {{FHL|605846|item|disp=FHL first film 1516978 Items 2-3 (first of 8 films)}}  
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:*'''1911–1922''' Will records {{FHL|320444|item|disp=FHL first film 1516945 Items 3-4 (first of 2 films)}}  
:*'''1883–1904''' Adoption records {{FHL|82922|item|disp=FHL film 955144 Item 2}}
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:*'''1963–1972''' Judgement index {{FHL|95363|item|disp=FHL 955125}}
:*'''1859–1878''' Circuit court defaults {{FHL|320431|item|disp=FHL film 1516717 Item 1–2}}
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:*'''1892–1916''' Inventory, appraisament [sic] and sales bills, {{FHL|320456|item|disp=FHL film 1517127 Items 2-3}}
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=== Ethnic Research  ===
 
=== Ethnic Research  ===
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=== Genealogy  ===
 
=== Genealogy  ===
  
=== History ===
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=== History ===
  
 
=== Local Histories  ===
 
=== Local Histories  ===
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[http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalrevi00chic Biographical review of Hancock County, Illinois&nbsp;: containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent citizens of to-day and also of the past (1907)] (Archive.org). Also available from [http://books.google.com/books?id=jHUUAAAAYAAJ Google Books].  
 
[http://www.archive.org/details/biographicalrevi00chic Biographical review of Hancock County, Illinois&nbsp;: containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent citizens of to-day and also of the past (1907)] (Archive.org). Also available from [http://books.google.com/books?id=jHUUAAAAYAAJ Google Books].  
  
[http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00chicag Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois&nbsp;: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county (1894)]<br>
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[http://www.archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00chicag Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois&nbsp;: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county (1894)]<br>  
  
 
Gregg, Thomas. ''History of Hancock County, Illinois: Together with an Outline History of the State, and a Digest of State Laws.'' Chicago: C.C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1880. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16764 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofhancock00greg Internet Archive].  
 
Gregg, Thomas. ''History of Hancock County, Illinois: Together with an Outline History of the State, and a Digest of State Laws.'' Chicago: C.C. Chapman &amp; Co., 1880. Digital versions at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16764 Ancestry] ($); [http://www.archive.org/details/historyofhancock00greg Internet Archive].  
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.  
 
Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.  
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Western_Illinois_University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
:*'''1817–1901''' Deed index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|231196|item|disp=FHL film 954183 (first of 7 films)}}
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:*'''1817–1901''' Deed index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|231196|item|disp=FHL film 954183 (first of 7 films)}}  
 
:*'''1817–1934''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1817–1934''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1817–1838''' Entry Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1817–1838''' Entry Books [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1882–1924''' Mortgage Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
 
:*'''1882–1924''' Mortgage Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
'''Additional Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Hancock County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|376729|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|603562|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
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:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/hancock_map.html Hancock County Federal Township Plats]
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Additional Resources'''  
  
:*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search]  See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.
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Additional resources for Hancock County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|376729|subject_id|disp=FHLC}} and {{FHL|603562|subject_id|disp=FHLC–maps}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
:*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/hancock_map.html Hancock County Federal Township Plats]
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 from Nauvoo, [[Illinois]] to Salt Lake City, [[Utah]]<ref>"The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Mormon Trail]] 1846 from Nauvoo, [[Illinois]] to Salt Lake City, [[Utah]]<ref>"The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in ''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'' at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
  
=== Military Records ===
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=== Military Records ===
  
:*'''1865–1965''' Military Discharge Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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==== ''Multiple Wars'' ====
:*'''1943–1965''' Military Discharge Record Index[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
+
  
*'''Civil War'''<br>Civil War service men from Hancock County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Hancock County.
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*'''1865–1965''' Military Discharge Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
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*'''1943–1965''' Military Discharge Record Index[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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==== ''Civil War''  ====
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Civil War service men from Hancock County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Hancock County.
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:- [[2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Companies G and L.
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:- [[12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry|12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry]], Company G.
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:- [[16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D and I.
 
:- [[25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D  
 
:- [[25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company D  
 
:- [[32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
 
:- [[32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry|32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company B.  
:- [[50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies E, F and G.<br>
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:- [[50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies E, F and G.<br>  
 
:- [[57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and H.  
 
:- [[57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and H.  
 
:- [[78th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|78th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D and H.  
 
:- [[78th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|78th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies D and H.  
:- [[88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.<br>
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:- [[88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company F.<br>
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:- [[118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A, B, C, E, G, H, and I.
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:- [[119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.
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:- [[137th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)|137th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864)]], Company A.
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:- [[146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1864-65)|146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.<br>
  
 
=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
  
Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
+
Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
 
+
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Western_Illinois_University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
+
  
 +
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
  
 
:*'''1851–1928''' Naturalization Declarations of Intent[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1851–1928''' Naturalization Declarations of Intent[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
 
=== Newspapers and Obituaries  ===
  
=== Periodicals ===
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=== Periodicals ===
  
 
=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
 
Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Western_Illinois_University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
 
:*'''1827–1942 '''Probate journals and records, wills, administratiors' records, executors' records, guardianship records, and widows relinquishment records for Hancock County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Hancock County, and select the record type you are interested in.
 
:*'''1827–1942 '''Probate journals and records, wills, administratiors' records, executors' records, guardianship records, and widows relinquishment records for Hancock County probate records are also available in {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970}}. Click on the browse through images link, select Hancock County, and select the record type you are interested in.
  
'''Copies and Abstracts'''
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'''Copies and Abstracts'''  
  
 
:*'''1830–1923''' Probate Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1830–1923''' Probate Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1892–1916''' Inventory, appraisament [sic] and sales bills, {{FHL|320456|item|disp=FHL film 1517127 Items 2-3}}
 
:*'''1892–1916''' Inventory, appraisament [sic] and sales bills, {{FHL|320456|item|disp=FHL film 1517127 Items 2-3}}
  
'''Additional Resources'''
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'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Hancock County probates may be found in the {{FHL|381879|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Hancock – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
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Additional resources for Hancock County probates may be found in the {{FHL|382445|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Hancock – Probate}} topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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[http://www.historicnauvoo.net/2010/01/land-and-records-office/ '''Nauvoo Land and Records Office''']'''<br>'''Cor. Parley and Partridge streets<br>Nauvoo, IL 62354<br>Tel: 217-453-2733<br>Fax: 217-453-2757<br>Email: [mailto:nauvoolr@ldschurch.org nauvoolr@ldschurch.org]
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[http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/pbl.html '''Primitive Baptist Library''']<br>416 Main Street<br>Carthage, IL 62321-1337<br>Email: [mailto:bwebb9@juno.com bwebb9@juno.com] <br>[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Primitive-Baptist-Library/115450791818069 Facebook]<br>
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<br>
  
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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'''Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center'''<br>385 N Wells Street, North Entrance<br>Nauvoo, IL&nbsp; 62354 <br>217-453-6347
*[[Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center]]
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 +
To learn more about the genealogical resources available at Family History Centers, see [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]].&nbsp; For center hours and holiday closure information, see [[Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center|Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center]].<br>
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
  
=== School Records ===
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[http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/ '''Carthage Public Library District''']'''<br>'''538 Wabash Ave.<br>Carthage, IL 62321 <br>Tel: 217-357-3232<br>Fax: 217-357-2392<br>Email: [mailto:cartlib@adams.net cartlib@adams.net] <br>
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 +
[http://greaterwestcentral.com/ '''Greater West Central Public Library District''']<br>202 Center St<br>Augusta, IL 62311<br>Tel: 217-392-2211<br>
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 +
[http://www.hamiltonpubliclibrary.org/ '''Hamilton Public Library''']<br>861 Broadway St<br>Hamilton, IL 62341<br>Tel: 217-847-2219<br>Fax: 217-847-3014<br>Email: [mailto:hamlib@adams.net hamlib@adams.net] &nbsp;
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[http://www.laharpe.lib.il.us/library/ '''La Harpe Carnegie Public Library District''']<br>209 East Main Street<br>La Harpe, IL 61450<br>Tel: 217-659-7729<br>Fax: 217-659-7735<br>Email [mailto:lahalib@yahoo.com lahalib@yahoo.com] <br>
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[http://www.nauvoo.lib.il.us/ '''Nauvoo Public Library''']<br>1270 Mulholland<br>Nauvoo, IL 62354<br>Tel: 217-453-2707<br>Email: [mailto:nauvoopl@mchsi.com nauvoopl@mchsi.com] <br>
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[http://www.warsawlib.org/ '''Warsaw Public Library''']'''<br>'''1025 Webster Street<br>Warsaw, IL 62379 <br>Tel: 217-256-3417<br>Fax: 217-256-3154<br>Email: [mailto:info@warsawlib.org info@warsawlib.org] <br>
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=== School Records ===
  
 
:*'''1879–1953''' School teachers' daily registers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
 
:*'''1879–1953''' School teachers' daily registers [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
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<br>
  
=== Social Groups Online ===
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=== Social Groups Online ===
  
=== Societies ===
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=== Societies ===
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[http://hancock.ilgenweb.net/historical-society/index.html '''Hancock County Historical Society''']'''<br>'''306 Walnut Street<br>Carthage, IL 62321-0068<br>Tel: 217-357-0043<br>Email: [mailto:hancockhistory@yahoo.com hancockhistory@yahoo.com]
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 +
The Hancock County Historical Society is located in the Kibbe Museum.
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[http://www.outfitters.com/illinois/hancock/laharpe/lhgs/ '''LaHarpe Historical &amp; Genealogical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 289<br>LaHarpe, IL 61450<br>Tel: 217-659-3635<br>
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[http://www.nauvoohistoricalsociety.org/ '''Nauvoo Historical Society''']'''<br>'''P.O. Box 69<br>Nauvoo, IL 62354<br>Email: [mailto:historian@nauvoohistoricalsociety.org historian@nauvoohistoricalsociety.org]
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Western Illinois University|IRAD Wiki page]].  
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==== General  ====
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:*'''1829–1947''' Birth certificates, death records, marriage records, applications for marriage licenses {{FHL|196973|item|disp=FHL first film 955552 (first of 71 films)}}
  
 
==== Births  ====
 
==== Births  ====
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'''Copies of Original Birth Records'''
  
 
:*'''1844–1877''' Birth Record, delayed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1844–1877''' Birth Record, delayed [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1844–1922''' Birth Certificates [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1844–1922''' Birth Certificates [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|196973|item|disp=FHL first film 955552 (first of 33 films)}}
 
:*'''1867–1947''' Birth Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1867–1947''' Birth Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1877–1915''' Birth Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1877–1947''' Index to register of births {{FHL|69842|item|disp=FHL first film 955571 Item 4 (first of 2 films)}}
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:*'''1877–1915''' Birth register [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU] {{FHL|69842|item|disp=FHL first film 955571 Item 5 (first of 6 films)}}
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:*'''1878–1916''' Register of stillbirths {{FHL|267226|item|disp=FHL films 955152 Item 4}}
  
 
==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
  
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'''Copies of original Marriage Records'''
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:*'''1829–1849''' Marriages {{FHL|257911|item|disp=FHL film 229486}}
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:*'''1829–1915''' Marriage register {{FHL|78169|item|disp=FHL films 954177–81}}
 
:*'''1829–1933''' Marriage Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1829–1933''' Marriage Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1829–1838''' Commissioners record (has some marriage licenses){{FHL|82606|item|disp=FHL film 955146 Item 2}}
 
:*'''1830–1922''' Marriage Licenses[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1830–1922''' Marriage Licenses[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1862–1940''' Marriage Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1862–1940''' Marriage Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
:*'''1880–1925'''Marriage License Applications [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1862–1933''' Index to Marriages {{FHL|78169|item|disp=FHL film 954176}}
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:*'''1880–1925 '''Marriage License Applications [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
:*Marriages in the Nauvoo Region, 1839-1845 available at WorldVitalRecords.com ($)
 
:*Marriages in the Nauvoo Region, 1839-1845 available at WorldVitalRecords.com ($)
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
  
:*'''1877–1931''' Death Certificates [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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'''Copies of original Death Records'''  
:*'''1877–1917''' Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]
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:*'''1893–1913''' Coroner's Inquest Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1893–1913''' Coroner's Inquest Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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:*'''1902–1941''' Burial and Removal Permits [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
 
:*'''1902–1941''' Burial and Removal Permits [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD–WIU]  
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Additional resources for Hancock County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|369821|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records}} and the {{FHL|69842|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records - indexes}} topic page topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
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Additional resources for Hancock County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|369821|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records}}, the {{FHL|536459|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records - indexes}}, and the {{FHL|580928|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records - newspapers}} topic pages of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
  
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United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Hancock County

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Online Records


Hancock County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Hancock County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Carthage
Courthouse
IL-hancock-courthouse.jpg
Address Hancock County Courthouse
500 Main Street
Carthage, Illinois 62321
217-357-3911
Hancock County Website

Contents

County Organization

Hancock County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Hancock County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1844
1829
1877
1830
1817
1830

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Hancock County are kept, see the Hancock County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

John Hancock.JPG

Hancock County is named for John Hancock who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Parent County

  • 1825--Hancock County was created 13 January 1825 from Pike County and unorganized territory.
  • County seat: Carthage [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Hancock County boundary changes.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Hancock County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Hancock County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries

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Illinois cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.


Published Records


Online Gravestone Transcriptions

Individual Cemeteries


Cemetery Gazetters

  • Epodunk has a list of Hancock County Cemeteries. The website provides name of cemetery, address and telephone number when available, Google Map with cemetery marker, and other helpful Internet links.


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190032,215
191030,638−4.9%
192028,523−6.9%
193026,420−7.4%
194026,297−0.5%
195025,790−1.9%
196024,574−4.7%
197023,645−3.8%
198023,8771.0%
199021,373−10.5%
200020,121−5.9%
IL Counties 1900-1990

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Hancock County on page 187.]


Church Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information as well as indicate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research. Many libraries( WorldCat) and the Family History Library hold abstracts of church records for Hancock County. Learn more about how to search WorldCat and the Family History Library Catalog.

  • Crooked Creek
  • Macedonia
  • Nauvoo 5
  • Ramus

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

Biographical review of Hancock County, Illinois : containing biographical and genealogical sketches of many of the prominent citizens of to-day and also of the past (1907) (Archive.org). Also available from Google Books.

Portrait and biographical record of Hancock, McDonough and Henderson counties, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county (1894)

Gregg, Thomas. History of Hancock County, Illinois: Together with an Outline History of the State, and a Digest of State Laws. Chicago: C.C. Chapman & Co., 1880. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive.

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Hancock County land and property may be found in the FHLC and FHLC–maps. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Hancock County for European settlers included:

Military Records

Multiple Wars

  • 1943–1965 Military Discharge Record IndexIRAD–WIU

Civil War

Civil War service men from Hancock County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Hancock County.

- 2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Companies G and L.
- 12th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company G.
- 16th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and I.
- 25th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D
- 32nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 50th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E, F and G.
- 57th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and H.
- 78th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies D and H.
- 88th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 118th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, B, C, E, G, H, and I.
- 119th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 137th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A.
- 146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.

Naturalization

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • 1851–1928 Naturalization Declarations of IntentIRAD–WIU
  • 1852–1868 Naturalization Record, FinalIRAD–WIU
  • 1865–1880 Naturalization Record of Soldiers and MinorsIRAD–WIU
  • 1876–1906 Naturalization Record, final IRAD–WIU
  • 1878–1906 Naturalization Record IRAD–WIU
  • 1928–1930 Naturalization Petition RecordIRAD–WIU

Newspapers and Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the WIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1827–1942 Probate journals and records, wills, administratiors' records, executors' records, guardianship records, and widows relinquishment records for Hancock County probate records are also available in Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. Click on the browse through images link, select Hancock County, and select the record type you are interested in.

Copies and Abstracts

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Hancock County probates may be found in the Illinois, Hancock – Probate topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Repositories

Nauvoo Land and Records Office
Cor. Parley and Partridge streets
Nauvoo, IL 62354
Tel: 217-453-2733
Fax: 217-453-2757
Email: nauvoolr@ldschurch.org

Primitive Baptist Library
416 Main Street
Carthage, IL 62321-1337
Email: bwebb9@juno.com
Facebook


County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Hancock County are kept, see the Hancock County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers

Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center
385 N Wells Street, North Entrance
Nauvoo, IL  62354
217-453-6347

To learn more about the genealogical resources available at Family History Centers, see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers.  For center hours and holiday closure information, see Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Western Illinois University houses the records for Hancock County.

Public Libraries

Carthage Public Library District
538 Wabash Ave.
Carthage, IL 62321
Tel: 217-357-3232
Fax: 217-357-2392
Email: cartlib@adams.net

Greater West Central Public Library District
202 Center St
Augusta, IL 62311
Tel: 217-392-2211

Hamilton Public Library
861 Broadway St
Hamilton, IL 62341
Tel: 217-847-2219
Fax: 217-847-3014
Email: hamlib@adams.net  

La Harpe Carnegie Public Library District
209 East Main Street
La Harpe, IL 61450
Tel: 217-659-7729
Fax: 217-659-7735
Email lahalib@yahoo.com

Nauvoo Public Library
1270 Mulholland
Nauvoo, IL 62354
Tel: 217-453-2707
Email: nauvoopl@mchsi.com

Warsaw Public Library
1025 Webster Street
Warsaw, IL 62379
Tel: 217-256-3417
Fax: 217-256-3154
Email: info@warsawlib.org

School Records

  • 1879–1953 School teachers' daily registers IRAD–WIU


Social Groups Online

Societies

Hancock County Historical Society
306 Walnut Street
Carthage, IL 62321-0068
Tel: 217-357-0043
Email: hancockhistory@yahoo.com

The Hancock County Historical Society is located in the Kibbe Museum.

LaHarpe Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 289
LaHarpe, IL 61450
Tel: 217-659-3635

Nauvoo Historical Society
P.O. Box 69
Nauvoo, IL 62354
Email: historian@nauvoohistoricalsociety.org

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Hancock County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Hancock County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

General

Births

Copies of Original Birth Records

Marriages

Copies of original Marriage Records

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of original Death Records

Online Resources

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Hancock County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records, the Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records - indexes, and the Illinois, Hancock – Vital Records - newspapers topic pages of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Voter Registration

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 194. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  2. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).